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‘Dishonest judicial officer a source of defamation’ 

By Ali Imran

KHANEWAL: when a judge extends due justice to deprived segment of society, he feels exalted in life.

These views were expressed by former Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan Justice (retired) M.A. Shahid Siddiqui, while addressing the farewell ceremony of federal anti corruption Judge Ashraf Gill held in his honour upon his superannuation in Circuit House Khanewal under the aegis of Citizens forum here on Thursday.

Justice (retd) Siddiqui went on to say that the judicial officers who perform their duties with full intention to give relief to downtrodden creature of God, they are the true and exalted people now and hereafter. ‘what a pure and true peace one feels when he makes decisions with a God-fearing mind and heart while conducting courts, can only be felt by honest judicial officers’, observed veteran SC Judge who once served as Distt & Sessions judge Khanewal and is acclaimed as man of principles in Pakistan‘s judicial history.

He further said that a dishonest judicial officer is a source of defamation both for judiciary and society and he could not make  decisions with justice.

speaking on this occasion, Distt and Sessions Judge Khanewal Javed ul Hassan Chishti shared his views in lighter vein when he said ‘I thought I was a very meek and genteel Judge in lower judiciary but I am convinced Ashraf Gill leads in this list’.

He paid tributes to retiring judge and described stories of his conduct during service.

Another guest of honour, Sessions Judge presently working as Registrar Lahore High Court principal seat, Mian Safdar Saleem also delivered his speech in his particular style in low-tones and impressed the participants. He said he was feeling honoured to attend a gathering at Khanewal, where country’s all-time respected and honest apex-Judge was the chief guest who had very justifiably consented to grace the ceremony of another gentleman-judge of lower judiciary who retired with no regrets to his record.  ‘Justice should not only be done in courts but it should prevail and sustain upto end-user, a common man, whose pleasure is the reward for the judge’ said Safdar Saleem in a very thought provoking way.

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